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Barcelona Subway Barcelona

The evolution experienced by the public transport network in Barcelona has taken place in a parallel manner to the urban growth of the area, and has furthermore adapted itself or promoted the expansion of the built-up spaces. Since the launching of the first tramway line, in 1872, the public transport in Barcelona has gone through several phases.

The metro, or underground train, was born from the need to complement the existing road transport network in the city. In 1908 there were tunnels which had been built above Via Layetana. However, it was not until 1924 that the first metro line was inaugurated.

Currently, the metro of Barcelona has 5 lines in service, 111 subway stations and 80 km of tracks. Its park is made up by 105 5-carriage car trains, of which 93 are equipped with air conditioning. TMB has succeeded in being the Corporation that manages 86% of public transports for the citizens of Barcelona and outlying areas.

Single piece extrusion profile, which prevents water from entering from above. It is possible to implant electrical mains for services and to incorporate emergency lighting. Symmetric and asymmetric optics protected by protective devices. The cabling is coated with Atumex material, which contributes to prevent fires from expanding and also to prevent the production of toxic gases during the combustion process.

BCN lighting has been adapted to the urban quality and nature of the subway or metro. It has therefore been blended with the subway’s structure, which contributes to enhance its functional character.

Several kilometres of tunnels, corridors, halls, staircases. The Metro of Barcelona has relied for many years now on LAMP material to illuminate its facilities.

In a zone with such definite characteristics such as the metro, the task is not just about providing accurate and right lighting for all the areas, but rather about integrating all the elements of the installation in a single lighting: cables, emergencies, connections and protection devices.